Monthly Archives: April 2012

Find out about National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9th

Read my Top Ten Tips for Parents to Safeguard a Child’s Mental Health. Re-paste and share everywhere!

Go to CMHN Children’s Mental Health Network to find more free resources for parents and advocates

Go to SAMHSA, the federal government agency charged with protecting family and children’s mental health and fighting drug abuse, for news on research, treatment resources, state and community supports.

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What is Recovery Parenting?

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Incessant worry is what moms do no matter how hard we try not to; even after our kids get better—and long after we should know better. Waiting for the other shoe to drop; waiting for that call to come from … Continue reading

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Q and A with a Story Guru: John Randall: A Friend Who Recovered from Depression as He Told His Story

This truly inspiring story — for me as a memoirst and someone who’s battled depression — is on Kathy Hansen’s blog. Read it for a lift. Q and A with a Story Guru: John Randall: A Friend Who Recovered from … Continue reading

Seven Facts About Adolescent Suicide | Therapy Soup

1. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 10-18 year-olds and the 2nd leading cause of death among college-aged youth.

2. According to autopsy studies, nearly ¼ quarter of these adolescents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of death.

3. Moreover, nearly all youth who commit suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of death even though they may not have seen a mental health professional for treatment.

4. There are approximately 25 suicide attempts for every completed adolescent suicide.

5. Nearly 1 out of 5 typical high school students in the US has seriously considered suicide in the past year.

6. Suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors (i.e., deliberate self-injury without intent to die) including cutting, burning, reopening wounds, account for the largest reason for emergency room visits and psychiatric hospitalizations.

7. While suicide by firearms used to be the primary method for all age groups and gender, female children/adolescents are using more hanging/asphyxiation and pills these days.

via Seven Facts About Adolescent Suicide | Therapy Soup.

Researcher: Blood test for early-onset depression promising – – CNN.com Blogs

The importance of this new research speaks for itself!

Redei’s research team discovered eleven blood biomarkers for early-onset major depression. Their original work used rats, and they confirmed their results in this small study of humans that included 14 teens with major depressive disorder, and 14 teens without depression. The researchers discovered that they could distinguish between major depression with anxiety and without anxiety, based upon the genetic markers.

“Having an objective test that tells a physician there is a physical, genetic explanation for depression” allows them to treat patients with a precise diagnosis, Redei explains. “Knowing there is an objective reason for their child’s feelings can allow parents and children to understand that depression is an illness, it’s a complicated illness, that is very common, and can be treated.”

via Researcher: Blood test for early-onset depression promising – – CNN.com Blogs.

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SPARX Video Game Helps Teens Battle Depression | Psych Central News

“Shooting down negative thoughts!” We could all use help with that. Does anyone have experience with this game? How wonderful that it seems to help…. “Around 80 percent of young people with depression never get treatment,” said Merry. “When you … Continue reading

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NEW! Find out what’s true about child and teen depression from the National Institute for Mental Health. Also, great guidelines for getting treatment. Click here to read.

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Many boomers abuse alcohol after age 48 – UPI.com

I’ll be the first to stand up and say this was me…although I probably started more like age 40…and now I’m happily sober. Interesting to note it was family members who influenced those who said they got treatment. I think … Continue reading

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The Science and History of Treating Depression – NYTimes.com

A long article by Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “Emperor of All Malladies: A Biography of Cancer”  and well worth reading in its entirety. The following (from deep in the article) particularly stands out to me, especially in light of the … Continue reading

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Childhood Maltreatment and Schizophrenia Risk: A Review of the Studies

One of the (two) main primary environmental risk factors that raise a genetically vulnerable teenager’s risk for developing schizophrenia (in addition to cannabis use) is the experience of childhood sexual or physical abuse.  A new meta-study looked at 27,000 previous … Continue reading